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40007 / 50000 words. 80% done!

This update needed one of those nifty counters, so here we go! I'm on the last stretch now. I am attempting to finish this thing on Sunday (today!) so even though I am not at the Night of Writing Dangerously, I can at least finish on the night. And when I do, I am going to invest in one of those spiffy Viking hats. Must. Have. Viking. Hat! And then I'll wear it to further write-ins because I will still be going to those even when I'm finished. I am trying to write a whole lot more before the end of November. I am in a year challenge and for most of it I slacked off in it. I have nearly 141,000 more words to write after I complete my NaNo. So I'll be attempting to write another 50,000 words in the last days before the 30th. Wouldn't that be something? I would be pretty stoked about that. I can do it. I can so do it. Especially because I have a lot of writing projects to work into it. And I am counting my journal entries too. How meta is it that I am talking about it here? Heh. I need to check my steps because I need to get to those too. December is going to be plenty rough on me since I haven't been using my pedometer.

I'm not happy with my plot, but I am getting it down on paper. I think it has potential. When I revise--and I will revise this one--I am going to rework the style. I have been writing from one character's point of view during each day of November. Instead, I am going to write shorter passages for each character on each day, or the important days in their lives. There is a lot of potential here even if it hasn't been realized yet. I will also be revising my short story collection, which takes place before this piece. I am intent on getting that published next year.

Beginning today, to get my 250k words and 1million steps, I need to average the following:

Averaging 3683 words a day
Averaging 7413 steps a day

It's time to really get myself into shape with words and steps. I've been letting myself slack for too long. Gotta get more sleep, write more, and walk more. I hope this really sparks some things up. I'll start on this new regiment today.


I'm borrowing this from my friend [livejournal.com profile] myras_girls. Thank you!

Today I'm grateful for:

Family and friends
My kitties and my pup
Doctor Who
Steven Moffat
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ♥ ♥ ♥
Comfy socks (especially K.Bell soft and dreamy socks)
Music on my iPod
[livejournal.com profile] roxicons and her icons and Flikr account
Writing
NaNoWriMo
Lush
[livejournal.com profile] geonncannon and his brilliant writer mind (I am SO excited about the Sanctuary/Warehouse 13 drabble he is doing for me. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to this. Helen/Tesla/HG Wells. It is going to be fucking epic!) (Geonn--I hope you know I completely trust your writing skills) Seriously folks. You need to read this guy. He's a published writer and everything! :D Utter brilliance.))
RPing...Oh yeah. :D
Twitter
Sera Beak
My laptop
writerfangirl: ([geared up])
So I am going to attempt the impossible today with no preparation and limited time: I'm going to see if I can make today a 10K Day. I have a new story I'm working on. And I have another one to rely on, too. And a third one also on the backburner. I'll get to those two soon enough. Need to flesh both out. Need to flesh out the one I'm working on right now, too. I have three characters, a location, and some backhistory already cropping up. I am learning about them as I write. It is very NaNoWriMoish, though. But 10K in one day...damn. If I can learn how to do that now and gain a quick speed at it, I'll be all set for November. I have a hope, though, to do a 10k day once a week. Every seventh day. As it happens, the next one that Milli Thornton, the organizer of the 10K day, is going to hold it on the 14th, a week from today. So maybe it will be an every Thursday thing for me. That's 52 weeks of 10ks. 52,000 words. That would be great for my 250,000 words that I need for the year, for [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. I already have written quite a few pages this month, too. Have no idea, though. I'm not doing my first count of those pages until tomorrow. I'm curious to see how much I can write by using the three pages a day model. Sadly, I haven't opened The Artist's Way since the first. I did start a book called The Writer's Book of Wisdom: 101 Rules For Mastering Your Craft. The tips are one page, two pages at most, and are really colorful. I'm currently on rule 17: Stop reading this book. Write. So I closed my book and started writing.
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A few weeks ago, I picked up Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. It's a world-renowned program that Cameron devised from her years of teaching. She helps people who want to write and to be creative to unblock. I've read her introduction and I could relate with some of it. I have felt broken as a writer for some time, that I can't access my words. So in 2010, I'm beginning a regimen to get myself in optimum shape. I'm going to be completing Cameron's twelve-week program, write from The Daily Writer, and read books that will help my writing life and my mental and spiritual outlook. The first book I am going to be finishing is Cameron's other book The Writing Diet. After that, I'll work on finishing A New Earth and start on others, including Tolle's The Power of Now, Goldberg's Thunder and Lightning, and Linn's Soul Coaching. I am compiling a list of 100 books that I will be reading in 2010. To further encourage my writing, I'm taking part in [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout and completing 250k words.

Is there anybody out there who is making similar plans for 2010? I would love to have some working partners in this. :D
writerfangirl: ([light the way])
Despite not having posted about any of my recent writing stuffs, I am making preparations--as well as doing actions--to make 2010 a major writing year. For Christmas, my mom is giving me a book that contains 365 prompts, with prompts tailored to the specific day. I'm very excited about starting that up. In the mean time, since December 1st, I have been writing three pages a day, the Morning Pages that Julia Cameron talks about in her books, most notably The Artist's Way. I was reading The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right Size, but I have yet to finish it. I started quite a few other books that way, too. I am making January 1st be the day I start the bulk of these things. I have made some minor starts, but really throwing myself into it is going to come January 1st. After getting excited about reading The Writing Diet, I bought her The Artist's Way. I may start that up on January 1st too. I'm aiming to read 100 books through '10, like I planned a few years ago. I think I have 100 books already that I wanna read. Books that are hiding around under my bed, and in my cabinet, and a few bookshelves. I have books coming out of my ears over here.

My big plan for 2010 is taking part in the [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout comm. And they really want you to get your words out. There are multiple tiers of writing. I went for the moderate level of 250,000 words. I have a whole year to write that. 50k is strictly for NaNo, so I have 11 other months to write 200k. Doesn't seem impossible if I actually stick to writing on a daily, or near daily, basis. I've written 74 pages this month alone. At 250 words a page, that's 18,500 words for the month of December. That's well above the average number of words (18,181) I'll have to write a month in 2010. So if I were to focus and write more words a day, complete entries on a daily basis, work on new projects, I can achieve 250k without many difficulties. I'm really looking forward to attempting this project. I tried to sign at the start of 2009, but I had missed the cut-off date: Dec. 31st, 2008. If you wanna attempt it with me, you have until the 31st of this year to sign up. I hope some of you take this writing challenge up with me. I would love to compare notes with you.

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